Four Seasons Washington D.C. Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Bourbon is best known for Mina's butter-poached steaks and duck-fat French fries -- both taste as delicious as they sound.

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 Bourbon is best known for Mina's butter-poached steaks and duck-fat French fries -- both taste as delicious as they sound.
Bourbon Steak, the fourth outpost of the popular steakhouse from two-time James-Beard-Award-winning-chef Michael Mina, is just one of many improvements that came with the Four Seasons' recent $40 million renovation. Bourbon is best known for Mina's butter-poached steaks and duck-fat French fries -- both taste as delicious as they sound. Starchitect David Rockwell designed the warm, mood-lit dining area. The Park Hyatt's Blue Duck Tavern, designed by Tony Chi, offers a unique, exceptionally open kitchen (part of which is seen here). Acclaimed chef Brian McBride emphasizes local ingredients for his menu; the results are superb. In fact, President Obama and First Lady Michelle chose to spend their recent anniversary dinner at the Blue Duck. Popular among congressmen, powerbrokers, and local celebrities, Bistro Bis is consistently voted the "Power Spot" by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. But it's not stuffy -- overhead, you'll hear French pop music -- and the space feels more like the Tuileries Garden in Paris than somewhere on the Hill. Chef Jeffrey Buben prepares classic French dishes like beef Bourguignon ($28) and duck confit Toulousaine ($25). About the only thing not so French about the food is the portions -- the popular Steak Frites ($23.50 lunch, $33 dinner) is the perfect size for two to share for lunch. Tuna salade Nicoise ($18.50), from Bistro Bis' lunch menu Run by Eric Ripert, the Michelin-star celebrity chef who runs New York's acclaimed Le Bernardin, the Westend Bistro is a popular spot among locals (though it's nowhere near as special as Le Bernardin). The restaurant is overseen by Ripert, but the Franco-American menu is really more like elaborate bar food. This photo shows a coffee mousse dessert. Helmed by James-Beard-Award-winning-chef Eric Ziebold, CityZen is a high-end Asian eatery for power-playing politicos -- it can be tough to secure a dinner reservation on weekend evenings, even if you're a guest of the hotel. But if you can't snag a table at CityZen, the more casual Sou'Wester, which serves American fare, is still an excellent option with a beautiful setting overlooking the water. Fried chicken with coleslaw, seen here, is a favorite at Sou'Wester. Other highlights include the sauteed pork belly and pickled watermelon rind appetizer and the hush puppy side dish. Though the immediate neighborhood lacks a wide variety of fine dining, the new Liaison hotel has done its best to remedy the problem with its own spotlight eatery, Art and Soul by the James-Beard-Award-winning-chef Art Smith (perhaps better known as Oprah's former personal chef). Smith puts a modern spin on classic soul food, like pecan-crusted chicken and maple glazed veal chops with chestnut puree and caramelized brussel sprouts (entrees range from $18 to $34). Shown here is the house specialty, "Hoe cakes," a cornmeal flatbread that can come topped with everything from fried oysters to caramelized apples and blue cheese. The W is home to the handsome J&G Steakhouse from the world-renowned fine-dining chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Alsatian-born innovator puts a distinctive twist on steak and seafood classics (entrees range from about $22 to $45). The Jefferson's main eatery, Plume, is a highly regarded restaurant serving French-American cuisine inspired by the kitchen gardens Thomas Jefferson maintained at Monticello. Shown here is the Plume Bar, attached to the restaurant. The Jefferson is also home to the Greenhouse, which serves breakfast, lunch, and Sunday/Monday dinner (when Plume isn't open). Pictured is the coconut and vanilla panna cotta with exotic compote and málaga ice cream. The hotel tapped Iron Chef America and Thompson LES vet Susur Lee to head its Pan-Asian restaurant, Zentan. The space's low-lit wood interior is livened up by little flourishes like communal tables, faux candles, glass faces smiling out from behind the bar, and colorful patterns watching over the sushi station. Zentan's food has been getting solid reviews, but its signature drink, the Spicy Thai Martini (an unholy mixture of sake, pepper vodka, St. Germaine and cranberry), is another crowd favorite. The memorable menu and whimsical atmosphere at Firefly make it popular among hotel guests and Dupont Circle residents. Its American menu focuses on organic and local ingredients. Serving French-American cuisine, Adour has already garnered several honors, including the Robb Report's "2009 Best of the Best." Celebrity-chef Alain Ducasse lends his name to the restaurant (it's named after the river in southwest France near Ducasse's hometown). Adour serves "Cuisine designed with wine in mind," as it says on the menu. Seen here is Kurobata pork loin with broccolini, butternut squash, and green apple mustard ($36).
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